LOS ANGELES — In an expected move on Monday, free agents Kenley Jansen and Justin Turner declined qualifying offers from the Dodgers, instead opting for what is shaping up to be a lucrative market for both.
The Dodgers last Monday extended qualifying offers to both Jansen and Turner, one year deals at $17.2 million, the average of the top 125 salaries in baseball. The deadline to accept or decline the offer was 2 p.m. PT on Monday.
Declining the offer assures the Dodgers a compensatory draft pick between the first and second rounds in 2017 should either sign with a new team. The team that signs Jansen or Turner, if not the Dodgers, would forfeit their first-round pick. If their first-round pick is protected in the top 10, or if the team signs multiple qualifying offer free agents, the team would then forfeit its next-highest selection.
The Dodgers at the moment select 25th in the first round of the 2017 MLB Draft, a position that will fluctuate all offseason.
Eight of the 10 players in MLB to receive the qualifying offers last week declined the offers on Monday, with only Jeremy Hellickson and Neil Walker accepting $17.2 million each to return to the Phillies and Mets, respectively.
The other eight:
Yoenis Cespedes, Mets
Mark Trumbo, Orioles
Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays
Kenley Jansen, Dodgers
Justin Turner, Dodgers
Ian Desmond, Rangers
Dexter Fowler, Cubs